Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
I. JOB SUMMARY
Main Topic: Human Geography
Secondary Topic: Places and Regions
Meeting planners are a type of planner that plan large meetings for professional organizations. They arrange all the aspects of these meetings including the location, transportation, food, and other details. Most planners meet with clients, plan the scope of the event, inspect venues, coordinate services, monitor event activities, and review bills. Meeting planners may specialize based on a type of field, like healthcare or business. Healthcare meeting planners specialize in meetings and conferences for healthcare professionals. Corporate planners organize internal and external business meetings. They may set up meetings in person or in person in corporate spaces or convention centers depending on the number of people.
Convention planners are a type of planner that organize conventions and conferences for organizations. These planners go between the facilities and other planners who work for businesses, governments, or other groups. Most planners meet with clients, plan the scope of the event, inspect venues, coordinate services, monitor event activities, and review bills. Convention planners coordinate special requests, food services, or hotel services for conventions. They may specialize in annual conferences or trade shows. Convention planners may work specifically for hotels or convention centers that host events.
Exhibition planners are a type of professional planner that are responsible for planning, promotion, and producing displays for exhibitions. They may also be called exhibit managers, show managers, or show organizations. Most planners meet with clients, plan the scope of the event, inspect venues, coordinate services, monitor event activities, and review bills. Exhibition planners tend to work for companies to promote products and services during trade shows or events. They may follow a circuit of shows for professional across the country or overseas.
Event planners are a type of planner organize and arrange the details for a variety of events. These events could include weddings, nonprofit events, fundraisers, banquets, charity races, of food drives. Most planners meet with clients, plan the scope of the event, inspect venues, coordinate services, monitor event activities, and review bills. The most well-known type of event planners are wedding planners that coordinate celebrations beyond weddings, including anniversaries, reunions, product launches, galas, or award ceremonies. Nonprofit event planners organize events to raise funds for charities or other organizations.
Geographers can work well as planners, especially with an understanding of an area’s local geography. This field is expected to grow as demand increases for professional organized meetings and events.
Geographers at work: Human geographers, Business geographers
Recommended College Courses: Introduction to Cultural Geography, Research Methods in Geography, Economic Geography, Urban Geography, Community and Regional Planning, Political Geography, World Population, American Ethnic Geography, Transportation systems
Skills: Local geography, Human resource management, Qualitative methods, Location analysis, Field methods
Occupation Group: Business and Financial
Learn more about Event Planners from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/meeting-convention-and-event-planners.htm#tab-2
Written by Alisa Hartsell
II. POWERFUL GEOGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE